Associate Dean Pfatteicher named executive director of the Five College consortium

Sarah Pfatteicher

CALS associate dean Sarah Pfatteicher has been appointed executive director of Five Colleges, a consortium composed of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and four liberal arts colleges in the Amherst, Massachusetts area. Her last day in the office at CALS will be April 6, 2018.

Pfatteicher came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988 as a graduate student and joined the College of Engineering in 1996. She moved to CALS in 2007 to serve as assistant dean in the CALS academic affairs office. She was named associate dean for academic affairs in late 2012, after having served in the post in an interim capacity for 17 months.

During her time in CALS, Pfatteicher has demonstrated leadership and ingenuity in the Office of Academic Affairs. Her accomplishments include coordinating a major restructuring of the structure of the CALS bachelor’s degrees, helping design a new administrative structure for Biology (the largest undergraduate major on campus), overseeing the reorganization of the Farm and Industry Short Course and creating the office of Transitional Advising and Outreach Services.

In addition to her administrative leadership role, Pfatteicher is a research professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and an affiliate of the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. She has also worked with the UW Police Department on emergency planning and response.

Last year, Chancellor Becky Blank and Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf nominated Pfatteicher to be one of 33 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows.

Plant pathology professor Jeri Barak will chair the search and screen committee for Pfatteicher’s replacement and the CALS Dean’s Office is developing a position vacancy post which will be shared in eCALS.